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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators put an end to speculation and officially named Jason Spezza as its captain Saturday afternoon. Cheap Authentic Jerseys . The announcement came as no real surprise as Spezza was the odds-on favourite to take over the captaincy after Daniel Alfredsson chose to sign with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent in July. "This is a huge honour for both myself and my family," said Spezza, as he read from a prepared statement. "Its something that is very important to me." Spezza becomes the eighth captain in franchise history and admitted wearing the "C" is a dream come true. "For me Ive always dreamed of being a captain," said Spezza, who missed most of last season with a back injury. "My main goal is to try to win the Stanley Cup and thats something that Ive always wanted. I take the game of hockey very seriously and I like being able to help my teammates. "I like being able to push myself and try to become a better player everyday." Being the face of the franchise is an honour and a challenge that Spezza says he is looking forward to. Spezza said that having had the opportunity to play alongside Alfredsson and experiencing the highs and lows of a professional career have allowed him time to grow as both a player and a person. "I feel like its come naturally, I feel like its not something thats been forced upon me and that gives me the confidence to know that I can do a good job." With over 600 games and 621 career points, Spezza is the second longest serving member of the Senators. Chris Phillips, who was also in strong contention to take over the captaincy, holds the distinction of being the longest serving member. Phillips will remain an alternate captain, with Chris Neil joining the leadership group as the second alternate. Both Neil and Phillips were drafted by Ottawa and have spent their entire NHL careers with the Senators. "The Ottawa Senators have a history of strong leaders, strong captains and we believe that will continue today," said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. "This years team we believe will be one of the youngest if not the youngest in the NHL so having a strong leadership corps headed by our captains is going to be very, very critical if were going to be successful." Head coach Paul MacLean admitted the fact that Spezza has spent his entire career in Ottawa was a significant reason the team selected him as the new captain. The 30-year-old Spezza was the Senators first-round pick (second overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft. He has registered four 30-goal seasons and two 90-plus point campaigns. The Mississauga, Ont., native has represented Canada on six different occasions, and has earned five medals at various international tournaments throughout his career.Jerseys From China .com) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel left Sundays game against the Carolina Panthers after suffering a hamstring injury late in the first half. Cheap MLB Jerseys .com) - The Chicago White Sox and outfielder Melky Cabrera have reportedly agreed to a three-year contract.The Montreal Alouettes found a diamond in the rough this season. However, Jim Popp isnt sure how long hell be able to admire wide receiver Duron Carter. "Do I think we are going to lose him? Absolutely," general manager and head coach said on the latest Als This Week on TSN 690. Popp understands that having a young, talented wide receiver has its negatives; that every catch and every touchdown will not only motivate any player to do more but itll attract suitors from down South. "Hes a very intelligent young man and hes only 22 years old. Hes going to get bigger and stronger and more mature," Popp continued. At 65", 205 pounds, Carter is already big and strong, its the maturing that has been amplified in his first professional football season. Just like many American-born CFL player, let alone the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter, he still thinks of the National Football League as an option. "The NFL has always been a dream of mine, but Im doing well right now and Im comfortable," Carter said after practice Wednesday, in preparation for the East Semi-Final. Both Carter and Popp know that the NFL isnt around the corner this winter because he still has a year left on his contract. Plus, Carter was quick to point out and ease the mind of Alouettes fans that he isnt ready to hold out for the opportunity to go South like Hamiltons former WR/KR Chris Williams. "Were takking it a day at a time, were not trying to do a (Chris) Williams from last year, none of that," said Carter. Cheap NBA Jerseys. Thatll make Popp happy, if he already wasnt with his 49 receptions, 909 yards and five touchdowns. Those are numbers that would make any GM/head coach smile over an 18-game season, let alone the 11 games Carter played this year. If you were to pro-rate his numbers to a full season, Carter would have had 80 receptions, 1487 yards and eight touchdowns. That yardage would be tops in the league, ahead of the Eskimos Fred Stamps, his receptions and touchdowns, good for fourth overall. This is also Carters first season of competitive football in three years, so hes very appreciative for the opportunity Popp and the Alouettes have given him. "Im just getting back into playing games and everything, Im really fortunate to be playing for Montreal." Hell be playing a big role for the Alouettes this Sunday against the Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final. Two of his three 100-yard receiving games have come against Hamiltons defence. He totaled 17 catches, 285 yards and two scores in the three games against Hamilton. Carter is ready to make waves this weekend and next season for the Alouettes, but Popp knows hes shining too bright to keep him around forever. "With his bloodline and everything he can do, were only going to have him in Montreal for so long," Popp lamented.Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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